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'Tikkun Olam' Is Our Purpose

'Tikkun olam' is our purpose - Hadassah Lieberman
30 August 2000 0101 Jerusalem Post
By Janine Zacharia

WASHINGTON (August 30) - The "ultimate purpose" of an Al Gore-Joseph Lieberman administration will be "tikkun olam, the repair of the world," says Hadassah Lieberman, wife of the Democratic vice presidential nominee. 

Speaking at the annual conference of B'nai B'rith International, Lieberman reiterated Gore's promises to protect Social Security, to strengthen Medicare by offering a prescription drug benefit, and to offer a tax cut to people caring for aging relatives. 

Lieberman also referred playfully to one of her husband's most blatant religious moments. When accepting Gore's offer to be his running mate earlier this month, Lieberman said he needed to take a moment to let the "spirit move" him. 

This week, Hadassah said, Joe took his maiden voyage on his campaign airplane, aptly called "Spirit." After a busy 24-hour stint of cross-country campaigning, she said jokingly, that she realized "that's what it means to say the spirit moves us." 

The ADL issued a statement this week saying Lieberman should refrain from "overt expressions" of religious values and beliefs. 

Also in attendance yesterday at the B'nai B'rith conference was Zalman Shoval, former Israeli ambassador to the US. Shoval, who now serves as foreign relations adviser to the Likud, scoffed at the possibility of a lasting peace between Israel and the Palestinian Arabs. 

"There can be no guarantee that any arrangement will be permanent or long-lived," Shoval said. In a jab at Prime Minister Ehud Barak, Shoval said "in the eyes of the Arabs, the Israeli government projects weakness." 

On Monday, Republican presidential nominee, Texas Governor George W. Bush, speaking to the convention via satellite, outlined his domestic agenda and emphasized the importance of religious institutions in American life. 

"I believe our nation is chosen by God and commissioned by history to be a model of the world of justice and inclusion and diversity without division," Bush said. He also sounded familiar themes for Jewish groups, including support for the peace process, tolerance of all faiths and moving the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. 

He reiterated that his commitment to Israel "is not conditional on the outcome of the peace process" and criticized the current US administration for trying to make Israel "conform to its own plans and timetables." 

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